On Gratitude

November 15th, 2014 by admin in Gratitude
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May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of  unending thanksgiving ascends to Heaven. - St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to Heaven. - St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

This is the third year that I’ve participated in 30 Days of Thanks. Every day during the month of November I’m posting something for which I am grateful. You can find my gratitude posts on Facebook, twitter and instagram.

There is something so powerful about making gratitude a daily practice. I find as I go through my day so many tiny moments stand out as beautiful.

I’m grateful for my daughter’s hand curled up in mine.

I’m grateful for the way the light shines through the trees.

I’m grateful for clean sheets.

I’m grateful for that first sip of coffee and last sip of cider.

I’m grateful for tiny, beautiful things that are easy to overlook.

When I make gratitude part of my daily practice, I see the beauty in my life more easily. That’s not to say that there aren’t days that are hard. There are times during my 30 Days of Thanks challenge when I think about just skipping my gratitude for that day. I’m feeling grouchy or sad or uninspired. I’m feeling busy or overwhelmed or tired. And the truth is, there is always something for which I can be grateful.

I’m grateful for shelter from the cold.

I’m grateful for food.

I’m grateful for work that I love.

I’m grateful for health.

Gratitude doesn’t erase pain. Gratitude doesn’t cancel out heartbreak. Gratitude doesn’t make everything better. However, I often feel better when I make space for gratitude.

Gratitude gives me perspective.

I choose gratitude.

And some times it actually does make me feel better. It can be just the jolt I need to wake up, pay attention and rejoice for what I have.

Here are some ways you can start a gratitude practice –

Join me in posting your gratitude for 30 Days of Thanks

Keep a gratitude journal

Create a gratitude altar (I’ve pictured one that I’ve started. Use objects, symbols and pictures)

Make a gratitude collage

Fill a gratitude jar

Start a family gratitude ritual

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